Chapter 5: Commercial Sign License

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Section 1: Overview

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General

Before erecting or maintaining a commercial sign along a regulated highway or a regulated rural road, the sign owner must first obtain a commercial sign license from the ROW Division of the Texas Department of Transportation. If a sign owner is going to erect an outdoor advertising sign along a regulated rural road, the sign owner must first obtain a commercial sign license from the ROW Division of the Texas Department of Transportation. Necessary forms may be obtained from the ROW Division or from the TxDOT website. To obtain a license, it is necessary to submit a Commercial Sign License Application (Form ROW-OA-1) or apply online, a Commercial Sign Bond (Form ROW-OA-2), and a nonrefundable license fee of $125.00 made payable to TxDOT Highway Beautification Fund. The submission for a license application and the license fee must be paid online with application submittal or mailed with required paperwork to the Texas Department of Transportation, ROW Division, P.O. Box 13043, Austin, Texas 78711-3043.

As of April 19, 2012 an outdoor advertising license is now required to erect a sign along a rural road.

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